Are you looking to add some music to your backyard barbecues or pool parties? Installing outdoor speakers can be a great way to enhance your outdoor entertainment experience. However, running the wires can be a bit tricky.
Tom Silva from This Old House provides a step-by-step guide on how to wire outdoor speakers without drilling into any support structures. First, locate a void in the wall where you can run the wire down. Tom found a clear space by the nailing pattern on the siding, indicating the presence of studs. He drilled a hole just below the double plate and above the nail pattern to avoid drilling into the structure.
Next, Tom used a snake with a hook on the end to catch the other snake in the wall and pull it back up. Once he attached the speaker wires to the snake, he ran it down a plastic conduit pipe to keep the wire off the floor.
To deal with the wooden baseboard, Tom used a router to create a groove or slot called a dado. He then laid the wire in the slot and taped it to the baseboard. Once the wire was secured, he nailed the baseboard to the wall.
By following these steps, you can wire your outdoor speakers while avoiding any structural damage. So, bring on the music and enjoy your outdoor entertainment!